Help! Impressive pud to take to friends' dinner party...

(85 Posts)
YoniOno Thu 25-Apr-13 21:13:52

... I only just remembered we're meant to be bringing pudding, which means going out tomorrow morning to get ingredients and making it during DS' nap [panic]

Any fail safe, idiot proof stunners?

Ruprekt Thu 25-Apr-13 21:15:35

M& S is there for a reason! smilesmilesmile

How much trouble do you want to go to?

Because if you want to SERIOUSLY push the boat out, there is "Black Forest Gateau Trifle. " But it is a serious faff.

Chubfuddler Thu 25-Apr-13 21:17:01

What's the main? Tarte tartin is easy particularly if you use rolled puff pastry (even Gordon Ramsay tells you to).

LittleBearPad Thu 25-Apr-13 21:20:25


It's really easy but looks impressive. If you get some savoy biscuits (ladyfingers) there's a recipe on the back.

Basically you soak the biscuits in coffee (strong instant will do) and your choice of booze (brandy/Tia Maria/Marsala)

Mix together mascarpone and cream.

Layer soaked biscuits and cream mixture a coupe of times. Top with grated chocolate or cocoa powder.

rubyslippers Thu 25-Apr-13 21:20:33


loads of beautifully presented fruit makes it look spectacular without loads of effort

ReluctantlyBeingYoniMassaged Thu 25-Apr-13 21:21:07

Cat litter tray cake! Google it!

YoniOno Thu 25-Apr-13 21:21:23

It has to be a bit home-made and impressive really as I'm a SAHM and the other 3 couples think I just sit around eating bonbons all day I do but that's besides the point

Black Forest trifle? Tell me more!

Delia's fake it chocolate mousse out of her how to cheat at cooking - add a smidge of baileys if its for grown ups.

YoniOno Thu 25-Apr-13 21:22:27

Cat litter tray WHAT now?

Ooh actually Tiramisu might work, plus I love it.

Main is fondue (Swiss couple)

joanofarchitrave Thu 25-Apr-13 21:22:48

I think there is no pudding nicer or easier than caffe affogato (2 scoops of vanilla ice cream in a small cup, like espresso size, and strong black coffee poured over it - only requires you to buy the best ice cream and coffee you can afford.) But I'm not sure i would have the confidence to serve this up as a guest, if you see what I mean.

SizzleSazz Thu 25-Apr-13 21:23:21

Lemon tart

PrincessOfChina Thu 25-Apr-13 21:23:29

Eton Mess. Love it.

Waswondering Thu 25-Apr-13 21:24:04

Lime cheesecake ... Recipe is on here somewhere. Mix marscapone with zest and juice of 2 limes, add approx 50g icing sugar. Put on a biscuit base made with ginger nuts. So good ... Elegant in its simplicity. Enjoy.

blue2 Thu 25-Apr-13 21:24:57

If the main is a fondue, I'd go for something fairly light if I was you.

Either meat or cheese fondue will leave you feeling Sooooooo Full!!

Key lime pie consisting of lime juice/zest, double cream and condensed milk whipped up on a biscuit base is about zero effort but tastes so good you think it had to be harder grin

Slainte Thu 25-Apr-13 21:28:34

This - Baileys and choc cheesecake, really easy.

YoniOno Thu 25-Apr-13 21:28:45

Lime is my favouritest thing ever, but the problem is I brought Nigella's chocolate lime cake with margarita cream to a NYE party with some of the same people, so I don't want to be a one trick pony.

Plus that time I got v pissed and showed off a lot about how amazed I was that it was really good, and ate most of it myself.

I think it's going to be Tiramisu unless Quint comes back to tell me about Black Forests.

LowLevelWhinging Thu 25-Apr-13 21:29:06

oh everyone loves eton mess, surely?!

and the messier the better.

Ebayaholic Thu 25-Apr-13 21:30:31

Dip cookies in baileys, whipped cream and crushed flake over the top and voila

lucjam Thu 25-Apr-13 21:30:33

If the main is a fondue no one will thank you for a heavy dessert. I promise you, you want something to cleanse the palate such a fruit or a lemon sorbet maybe with a light shortbread biscuit? Fondue is HEAVY, lovelt but heavy. Peppermint tea after is also nice.

RubyDanglesBangle Thu 25-Apr-13 21:33:44

It has to be Delia's Squidgy Chocolate Log. Looks like it took ages, and doesn't really. It's got no flour in it, so it's really light.
I can really recommend it.
recipe here

Ambridge Thu 25-Apr-13 21:33:56

I discovered Nigella's spiced baked plums (iyswim) from How To Eat, and have never looked back. They're child's play to make and taste bloody gorgeous. I serve them chilled with the cream she recommends too - half'n'half cream and Greek yogurt, sprinkled with brown sugar.

Honestly, it is heaven. And I can't bear Nigella, so for me to endorse anything of hers is proof enough.

ELR Thu 25-Apr-13 21:35:15

Paul Hollywood's chocolate pecan tart or Jamie Oliver's pine nut tart both are delish

Too rich after Fondue.

I suggest a simple puff pastry strawberry tart. Line heart shaped ovenproof dish with puff pastry, bake, add vanilla custard cream, halved strawberry, poor over thin layer of strawberry jelly, refrigerate to set.

pour not poor

Mspontipine Thu 25-Apr-13 21:36:21

I love Eton mess - I'd be very happy if you brought that smile

Black forest trifle - my mum used to make and I have a go occasionally by:

Line dish-bowl with chocolate swiss roll soaked in kirsh or cherry brandy if you have it.
Cover with cherry pie filling (those gloopy tins)
Then some kind of purply/red gelly - blackcurrant or cherry if you can find.
Chocolate custard
Whipped cream
Pièce de résistance ... a little grated flake on top.

I love it - it would impress me grin

YoniOno Thu 25-Apr-13 21:37:30

RubyDangles that looks really yummy. I don't think I'm brave enough to attempt it tomorrow though, would need to test it on family first I think.

Tiramisu it is. Just googling for the best recipe.

Lemon posset - goes really well after fondue too (and can be served with a shot of limoncello on the side too, if you must wink)

Recipe here

Mintyy Thu 25-Apr-13 21:45:29

If it is a cheese fondue I would do a non-dairy, non-chocolate pudding.

Probably a tarte tatin.

We are at that slightly awkward time of the year when no fruits are particularly in season.

Apart from rhubarb of course!

Something lovely with rhubarb then, but not a rhubarb fool.

lucjam Thu 25-Apr-13 21:46:20

tiramisu is yet more cheese!!! honestly after fondue its the last thing you want!

YoniOno Thu 25-Apr-13 21:47:05

I think because it's a dinner party and I'm a guest, it's better to take a one-dish thing than turn up with a load of separate things like lemon possets or those coffee over icecream things.

musu Thu 25-Apr-13 21:47:45

If you have a 'Cook' near you they do a very nice Eton Mess complete in a presentation bowl.

YoniOno Thu 25-Apr-13 21:48:06

Thanks for that helpful post lucjam hmm I'm glad you posted.

I make it differently.

Sponge batter with nesquick until it looks like chocolate mousse. Cook

Halve the cake horizontally.

Tin of cherries. Bring to the boil and simmer a few minutes, separate syrup from cherries. Put cherries on the side.
Add rum or cognac to cherry syrup, soak chocolate sponge cake.
Line trifle bowl
Add layer of cherries.
Add layer of vanilla custard. (or whipped white cream)
New layer of cherry syrup soaked chocolate sponge cake, cherries

Whisk cream. take 2/3 the cream in separate bowl. Mix with nesquick. Spread
Make rosettes of the white cream around the rim, grated dark chocolate in the middle. Cherries or fresh rasberries to decorate

It is a faff, but it is totally divine.

GirlOutNumbered Thu 25-Apr-13 21:51:40

Ive made this before and its gone down really well!

LadyMountbatten Thu 25-Apr-13 21:52:35

Vomit. Don't take trifle.

LadyMountbatten Thu 25-Apr-13 21:53:39

Do cods frozen chocolate mouse slice. Recipe on here.

Do ahead. Transport in loaf tin. Garnish with raspberries and coulis if cba.

YoniOno Thu 25-Apr-13 21:55:45

I am actually going to do this - fuck it

YoniOno Thu 25-Apr-13 21:59:26

Either the chocolate truffle torte or the pear and chocolate fondant pudding smile

Hehehe, I'm not going to tell DH either - perfect. thanks thanks all.

lucjam Thu 25-Apr-13 22:15:22

Was trying to help having had fondue many times, why ask for advice then slag off those who take the time to give it?

LadyMountbatten Thu 25-Apr-13 22:18:24

I agree. No cheese.

lucjam Thu 25-Apr-13 22:21:07

Thanks lady was trying to help and got a sarcastic post aimed at me shock

MeDented Thu 25-Apr-13 22:24:59

Double cream, condensed milk and juice and zest of a lemon all whisked together. Serve in champagne flutes and sprinkle flake on top. Absolutely gorgeous I promise.

RubyDanglesBangle Thu 25-Apr-13 23:32:52

Well.... There's no point posting for help if you're going to buy one.

And I'm not a master baker or anything, but I'd know by your face when I asked you for the recipe that you hadn't actually made it.

No home baking, baked with love looks absolutely perfect unless your friends see this consistently and are entering you for a tv prog.

Good luck with carrying that off.

multitaskmama Thu 25-Apr-13 23:42:27

This is a foolproof method of making a fruity cheesecake and tastes divine:

Fruity Cheesecake

MummaBubba123 Thu 25-Apr-13 23:45:58

Nikki Clarke's fruit covered meringue thing was stunning ... and EASY!

jojane Thu 25-Apr-13 23:46:34

Baileys choc mousse. Mix melted choc, lightly whipped cream and baileys. Easy peasey and delicious

YoniOno Fri 26-Apr-13 07:26:09

Ruby - yeah I don't think I have the brass neck to pull it off, am going for tiramisu.

Are you sure not more cheese will not be sickening after Fondue? Tiramisu is also very rich!?

sarahandemily Fri 26-Apr-13 08:28:56

I'm with the poster who said pavlova. So easy, only takes about 15 mins to prepare and people seem to be very impressed. Nice and light too. I'm not a big tiramisu fan

Chubfuddler Fri 26-Apr-13 08:57:26

I also think you shouldn't serve up a dairy heavy pud when the main is basically cheese. You want something fruity after that.

I can't see what was wrong with the comments along those lines

Ragwort Fri 26-Apr-13 09:06:43

Does anyone read the whole thread? hmm

Main course is fondue yet 80% of the replies are suggesting cheesecake/trifle/creamy desserts ...... the few who tentatively point out that this is completely OTT are ignored.

I would suggest a simple dish of raspberries/strawberries and blueberries. Possibly a few shortbread biscuits for those who want it.

Chubfuddler Fri 26-Apr-13 09:10:37

I agree you either want pavlova or a tart of some kind. I suggested tarte tartin because it is incredibly easy and tastes amazing. People always think I have gone to massive effort when I make it.

Wineandchoccy Fri 26-Apr-13 09:14:21

Cheats banoffee pie, mix 1 packet of crushed ginger nuts and 100g of melted butter, press into base and sides of cake tin and chill for 1/2 hour.
Spread carnation caramel (available in most supermarkets) straight from the tin, cover with sliced bananas and whipped cream, sprinkle 1/2 a flake on top.

Apricot + raspberry tart

Shop bought file pastry - let it come to room temp
Pre heat oven 200/gas mark 6 and put a baking tray in to warm
Brush each layer of pastry with melted butter you want a rectangle of pastry about A4 size so fold over if you need to make smaller.
Roll edges over slightly to make a border, brush middle with apricot jam
Slide onto baking tray and bake for 5 mins
Cover with apricots and a little melted butter bake for 10 mins, then scatter raspberries and caster sugar cook for 5/10 mins until pastry is golden brown.

Serve with cream, creme Fraiche

You can do this with any fruits, blueberries + strawberries is yum. Look in the reduced fruit bit as it works best with squishy fruit

Mintyy Fri 26-Apr-13 09:16:16

I suggested tarte tatin too. If someone tried to serve me a pudding full of cream after cheese fondue I would smile politely and decline.

JamNan Fri 26-Apr-13 09:32:34

Rhubarb crumble and a bought posh sorbet.

GirlOutNumbered Fri 26-Apr-13 11:24:17

While I agree with you ragwort on not having cheesecake etc.
I would be gutted if pudding was just fruit! It's my favourite part of the meal.

YoniOno Fri 26-Apr-13 12:15:01

Woah. Thanks all for ideas, apologies if I'm not cooking the one you suggested - no need to get affronted. Lots of tasty sounding dishes I might try in the future.

There will be 3 desserts brought in total by guests, so anyone who doesn't fancy tiramisu will have a choice. I hear the thing about dairy / cheese - but hey ho. I'm trying the BBC one, will update as to how it turns out!


Dont be daft, nobody is affronted that you are not cooking dishes that you suggest, but your blatant rudeness to people suggesting your choice is cheesy and rich. Bear in mind people have taken their time to contribute to your thread, and there is no reason to be rude to them! Note especially your sarcastic post to lucjam downthread.

LittleBearPad Fri 26-Apr-13 13:36:40

The OP asked for suggestions. She didn't ask for critiques of her choices

She got suggestions, not critiques, and none of them were rude.

LittleBearPad Fri 26-Apr-13 14:09:22

Guess we read things differently

YoniOno Fri 26-Apr-13 17:08:52

Update: the components I tasted were all yummy. It's this one - apparently to be authentic it should have egg in it, but that looked much harder so stuck to this.

What do you want me to say Quint? confused if you're seeking buns to throw, you're on the wrong thread - this one's full of cheese.

The poster I was curt to didn't actually post anything useful, if you care to recap...

zzzzz Fri 26-Apr-13 17:16:13

I don't think the too much cheese concept was trying to be rude. Fondue isn't the easiest thing to follow. They have a choice of pudd and you like tiramisu and have gone to some trouble to make it. All good.

Some lovely ideas on this thread, now I feel hungry!

ExcuseTypos Fri 26-Apr-13 17:19:23

I don't think * Quint* is looking for a bun fight. She's just trying to point out how rude you were to lucjam.

And lucjam did post something helpful, you just chose to ignore it, which is your prerogative. Doesn't mean you should be rude though.

Wishiwasanheiress Fri 26-Apr-13 17:25:40

Frozen summer fruit with melted white chocolate. Get fruit from frozen aisle in most supermarkets. Use half decent white choc. I like green & blacks personally but most work!

Just take frozen fruit out of the freezer about hour before, melt white choc over a ban Marie (over a pan of water). Pour melted white choc over softly frosty fruit. Eat. Bang easy!

That's from j sheekey fish restaurant London. Charged a small fortune for it but knocks people over every time. My fail safe desert!

LittleBearPad Fri 26-Apr-13 17:25:45

Lucjam may have thought she was being helpful but her comment was pretty rude in the first place

ExcuseTypos Fri 26-Apr-13 17:29:52

lucjam Thu 25-Apr-13 21:30:33
If the main is a fondue no one will thank you for a heavy dessert. I promise you, you want something to cleanse the palate such a fruit or a lemon sorbet maybe with a light shortbread biscuit? Fondue is HEAVY, lovelt but heavy. Peppermint tea after is also nice.

lucjam Thu 25-Apr-13 21:46:20
tiramisu is yet more cheese!!! honestly after fondue its the last thing you want!

In what way are these posts rude?confused

LittleBearPad Fri 26-Apr-13 17:46:48

They aren't helpful and they're fairly aggressive.

I think the only person who has turned aggressive on this thread is the op herself, for absolutely no reason at all!

" Thanks for that helpful post lucjam hmm *I'm glad you posted.*"

" Woah. Thanks all for ideas, apologies if I'm not cooking the one you suggested - no need to get affronted. "

And finally:

"What do you want me to say Quint? if you're seeking buns to throw, you're on the wrong thread "

I have not thrown buns, I have given you my most favourite recipe.

ExcuseTypos Fri 26-Apr-13 18:03:39

OP, why not take a cheeseboard too, in case there isn't enough cheese?

Is that the kind of "helpful" remark you're after?

ExcuseTypos Fri 26-Apr-13 18:10:31

Or how about a cheesecake, that would be lovely with after a fondue.

<I'm on a -cheese-- roll now>


Chocolate fondue with marshmallows, pineapple chunks and cheese-cubes.

HeadFairy Fri 26-Apr-13 18:39:52

Oooh marking my place, I've got to do pud for 12 on Sunday and I need inspiration!

HeadFairy Fri 26-Apr-13 19:27:35

Blimey, now I've gone through this thread... <ahem> some lovely ideas on here..

We're having lasagne, so what does everyone suggest for pud? I like the pavlova for sheer ease

Roseformeplease Fri 26-Apr-13 19:34:46

Anyone offer up a foolproof tarte tatin recipe? Really fancy making one.

Mintyy Fri 26-Apr-13 20:47:02

Heh heh! This thread is now reminding me of when Dh was trying to impress me with his cooking when we were first together.

I went round to his flat one night and he served me a fairly decent chicken and mushroom risotto, followed by


rice pudding!

We still chortle at that one now grin

P.S. I didn't think LucJam's post was in the slightest bit rude. It is interesting how we read things, isn't it?

HeadFairy Fri 26-Apr-13 20:52:18

I like the idea of a tarte tatin, I've got lots of puff pastry in the freezer already, but it does feel like it should be an autumn-y type pud... when apples are at their best.

Could I do a rhubarb tarte tatin?

Mintyy Fri 26-Apr-13 21:01:23

Reckon you could HF.

HeadFairy Fri 26-Apr-13 21:23:13

It would need to be really sweet... need the caramelisation.

Do you think I could cook tarte tatin the night before? I've got to cook it at my house and take it to my sister's so thought I might do it on Saturday night.

The pastry might get a bit soggy if you do it the night before - I've got a fairly easy recipe for a pear tatin I'll see if I can look out - should be fairly transferable.

HeadFairy Fri 26-Apr-13 21:38:25

yeah, thought so about soggyness. Not good. Mind you, a tarte tatin doesn't take that long, I could probably do it Sunday morning.

This is from an Irish hotel (The Cliff House in Waterford) we visited once - the chef had a cook-book out, so I bought one.

You could prep the rhubarb at home and then it's just a matter of chucking the pastry on and into the oven about 15 mins or so before you want to eat it.

1 sheet of puff pastry
5 medium sized pears, peeled, cored & quartered
200g sugar mixed with seeds of 1/2 a vanilla pod, and 1/2tsp each of ground nutmeg & cardamom (probably would double this if using rhubarb)
50g butter
70ml water
zest of 1 lemon (you won't need that with the rhubarb!)
Non-stick, oven-proof 24cm frying pan

Pre-heat oven to 175C
Add the sugar mix and water to the pan
Dissolve on a medium heat and then let it come to the point of caramelisation
Add the butter and the pears and soften them slowly on a low heat, turning so they are cooked on both sides
Finish with pears round side down and evenly arranges
Cover with the pastry and press and mould it tight
Bake until crust is light brown and crisp
Remove from oven and place serving dish on top of the pan/pie
Turn it out
Cut and serve with vanilla ice cream and a glass of Baileys.

YoniOno Sat 27-Apr-13 13:07:36

Final update: everyone loved the tiramisu! It was demolished and much praised.

I swear some people on MN just look for arguments... it's a pudding thread ffs <leaves own thread>

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